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Herb Alpert Music Center

Luther Henderson, III

Luther Henderson IIILuther L. Henderson, III, son of the celebrated Broadway musical arranger, orchestrator, and pianist, Luther Henderson and Tealene Henderson, was born in New York City. A graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, he entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied piano with Eugene List and Maria Faini, and conducting with Donald Hunsberger, Jonathan Sternberg, A. Clyde Roller and Cornelius Eberhardt.

Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College (LACC) where he conducts the LACC Orchestra, and teaches strings, music appreciation, and Afro-American Music classes. He previously taught at Pasadena City College, LA Mission College, Beverly Hills (CA) High School, and Mount Vernon Junior High School in Los Angeles.

Dr. Henderson has appeared in the capacity of guest conductor or music director for the following ensembles/productions: The New American Orchestra, UCLA Orchestra, Detroit Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl, Milwaukee Music Under the Stars Orchestra, LA Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Production of Duke Ellington's 'Sophisticated Ladies', The Tonight Show, the Grammy Awards, The Merv Griffin Show, Easter Seal Telethon, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has worked as conductor with Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Freda Payne, Gregory Hines, Paula Kelly, and Dee Dee Bridgewater among others. Dr. Henderson appeared as the orchestra conductor on the Dr. Dre music video "Been There, Done That." He has also worked as orchestrator/arranger on the Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards television productions. As pianist, he was invited to participate in three 'Monster Concerts' in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, staged at Carnegie Hall, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and The White House.

As Director of Educational Activities - Foundation for New American Music, he implemented the Studio Workshop Institute, which provided training and experience to qualified professional level minority musicians who were actively pursuing careers in the motion picture, television, and recording industries in Los Angeles.

Dr. Henderson served as a Commissioner (twice Chair) of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission (2001 – 2009). In addition, he served for thirteen years as the elected Treasurer of the Los Angeles Community College District Academic Senate. He currently is a member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committee. He is married to Professor Patricia G. Siever, Vice President of the Culver City Board of Education and Vice Chair of the History Department at West Los Angeles College.

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Herb Alpert Music Center
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